New Polls Show Most Voters Support More Renewable Energy

Source: BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico • Posted: Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Fresh off a final presidential debate that saw President Donald Trump accuse Joe Biden of seeking to abolish oil, a new poll shows most registered voters say they support increasing the United States’ use of renewables like solar and wind, according to the survey from POLITICO and Morning Consult.

Seventy-nine percent of voters — including 89 percent of Democrats and 69 percent of Republicans — either strongly or somewhat support increasing the use of renewables. Just 5 percent of voters said they strongly oppose expanding U.S. renewables, while 7 percent said they would somewhat oppose. Meanwhile, 60 percent of voters said they’d support shrinking the use of fossil fuels like oil.

Asked about transitioning the U.S. from using fossil fuels to renewable energy, 55 percent of Republicans said they support the policy, alongside 83 percent of Democrats and 68 percent of independents. Across the country, 74 percent of voters from urban communities, 70 percent of suburban voters and 61 percent of rural voters said they support moving to renewables.

Transitioning from fossil fuels to renewables

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And, when given a forced choice, 50 percent of respondents said they believe the U.S. should offer incentives for the use of renewables over fossil fuels to create cleaner energy and combat pollution and climate change, while 37 percent said the U.S. should continue to extract fossil fuels to make the country less energy-dependent on other countries. Sixty-one percent of Republicans said the U.S. should continue to extract fossil fuels, while 69 percent of Democrats and 51 percent of independents said they support promoting renewable energy.

But when it comes to legislating, 34 percent of respondents said passing a bill to address climate change was a “top priority,” and 30 percent said it was a lower priority, while still important. Seventeen percent of respondents said it was “not too important” of a priority while 11 percent said it should not be done at all. Breaking it down by party, 54 percent of Democrats and 30 percent of independents called a climate bill a top priority, while 16 percent of Republicans said the same. (The poll of 1,990 registered voters was conducted between Oct. 23-25, with a margin of error of plus/minus 2 percentage points.)